Sumo wrestler tests positive for coronavirus

TOKYO: a Japanese sumo wrestler has tested positive for the coronavirus , even more threatening postponement next month Summer Grand Sumo Tournament which has already been delayed.

The Japanese sumo association said on Friday that a wrestler had tested positive to become the first confirmed case of Japan's ancient sport.

The fighter, whose name has not been released, developed a fever for the first time last week, but none of his colleagues or officials have complained about the virus' symptoms.

The association has already delayed the summer tournament in Tokyo by two weeks, setting a new start date of May 24.

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The spring tournament was held in Osaka in March with no spectators. The fighters were forced to follow strict guidelines to avoid becoming infected.

Organizers said the Tokyo meeting could also be held without or without spectators, depending on the pandemic situation.

Japanese baseball and professional soccer have been postponed due to the outbreak.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, due to a recent sharp rise in the number of new cases.